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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Nov 23, 2011 10:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: no list for 9 fingered guitarist ?

Any "Best of Guitar" list that does not have Doc Watson, Tony Rice, Chet Atkins or Clarence White somewhere on it is complete bullshit.

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Nov 23, 2011 10:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: no list for 9 fingered guitarist ?

The guys you listed are all technically very highly skilled, but as has been said, these lists are all subjective. Doc Watson's playing has always hit a deep place in my heart, but Tony Rice, despite his utter technical mastery, tends to leave me a little numb. He rarely hits home on an emotional level (for me). Atkins is similar - he is a fantastic composer on the guitar in that his arrangements are absolutely pristine and impressive, but there's an emotional component that just does not come through in my ears. So while I agree with you that these are all fantastic players, I take issue with the "complete bullshit" assertion. :)

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Nov 23, 2011 10:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: no list for 9 fingered guitarist ?

Good points....I'll change it to "near total bullshit"

Regarding Tony Rice - I think you have to experience his music live to make the emotional connection. His recorded material certainly displays his prowess and mastery of his instrument, but at the same time I could see how a first time listener would just hear him putting a lot of extra notes and stingers in the music.

Now change that to a live setting where you here that gravelly, raspy voice and listen to his stories....I don't know if you saw my post about his set at FloydFest last summer so apologies for repeating.

Tony steps up to the mic and tells a story about how 51 years ago he was in LA watching a good friend of his play an old unmarked Martin. That friend was Clarence White. he then tells us that Clarence wrote a song called "I Am A Pilgrim" that to this day, still makes Tony cry whenever he hears or plays it. Then he holds up the guitar in his hands and says "I just want to let all of you know that I am going to play 'I Am A Pilgrim' for you....on the very same guitar Clarence White was playing 51 years ago"

Have you ever heard 11,000 people get goosebumps at the same time?? Tony starts playing all by himself. The rest of his band was at least 6 feet behind him just watching and playing. Every now and then Tony would look up with his eyes shut and you could see the tears rolling down his cheeks. It was pure magic. We were treated to something very special that afternoon....

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Nov 23, 2011 9:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: no list for 9 fingered guitarist ?

That sounded like an Incredible experience, I almost got goosebumps just readIng it!

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Poster: WillCo Date: Nov 24, 2011 3:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: no list for 9 fingered guitarist ?

Great story. For anyone unfamiliar with Tony's work here he is with Dawg's Rag from the first (and best) David Grisman Quintet album:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_Aq4zNJL3g&;feature=related

And for peerless bluegrass what about this Freeborn Man (playing that same guitar):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVl1ibykWZU

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Nov 23, 2011 11:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: no list for 9 fingered guitarist ?

Nice! That sounds like a special experience. And you're right, I've never seen him live, just watched lots of youtube videos and marveled at his incredible chops.

Seeing music live almost always heightens the emotional connection between musician and listener. It's one of the greatest things ever.